Nelson Oliviera Wins
Tour stop #2 of the Dominiak Cues Northeast Amateur 10-Ball Tour was held at the popular London Billiards in Worcester, MA on Sunday October 11th with a field of 25 players.
Many regular tour players like Tony Hubbard, Rodney Polak, Jerry Brayson, Rogers Hill, Ken DeBroske and Kevin Blackstock were in attendence. Many new faces were also in attendence including Steve Kang, Nelson Oliviera, Seth Tenzin and Choneyi Tenzin. This stop saw 3 female players in the field taking advantage of the free entry for all women, Tam Trinh took home the top female finisher honors over Janet Tycks and Mary Lou Hunchak. Brandt Davies was the lone junior also taking advantage of the free entry for junior players under 18. Players came from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in attempt to capture the title of tour stop #2.
The top half of the winners side brackets saw tour newcommer Nelson Oliviera from New Bedford, MA make his way to the hotseat match with closely contested matches over Adam Blair, Rich Andle, Rodney Polak and Seth Tenzin. On the bottom half of the winners side chart, tour regular Kevin Blackstock was playing steady after he caught a bye in the first round and continued to the hotseat match with wins over Steve Kang, Chuck Hill and Choneyi Tenzin. The hotseat match between Kevin Blackstock and Nelson Oliviera went back and forth but Nelson was able to come out on top in the end 4-2. Kevin would take his seat on the 1 loss side and wait for an opponent to come through to try and get another shot at Nelson in the finals.
Steve Kang would be the player that made his way through the 1 loss side to meet up with Kevin Blackstock and play for a spot in the 1 race to 5 finals. Steve was also sent to the 1 loss side earlier by Kevin Blackstock in a close match so Steve was looking to avenge that earlier loss. This match went hill/hill with Kevin Blackstock coming out on top once again after the 9 ball hung for Steve during a smooth runnout in the hill/hill game. This set up the rematch between Nelson Oliviera and Kevin Blackstock in the race to 5 finals.
The finals kicked off about 7pm and the tour format is a 1 race to 5 finals at all tour stops. Nelson got out to an early 2-0 lead on Kevin and seemed to be cruising to the win on tour stop #2. But Kevin was determined to make his way back into this match and was on a beautiful runnout until suddenly the 8 ball hung in the corner. This allowed Nelson to easily take the lead 3-0. Game #4 saw Kevin have chances to try and climb back into the match but it was not to be today. Nelson Oliviera went on to the winners circle at stop #2 with a 5-0 win.
Janet Tycks held the winning ticket for the new beautiful tulipwood Dominiak Cue. Every player entered receives a raffle ticket for a new Dominiak Cue at every tour stop this season.
For tour dates and info please visit the tour website www.DominiakCuesTour.com . There will be 14 tour stop dates this season, all tour stops are $25 entry + $10 table time..
On behalf of all the players we thank Bill Dominiak www.DominiakCues.com for his support in sponsoring the tour with adding a new Dominiak Cue to each tour stop.
1st place - Nelson Oliviera $225
2nd place - Kevin Blackstock $125
3rd place - Steve Kang $75
4th place - Richard Barrette $40
5th/6th - Seth Tenzin $15
5th/6th - Choneyi Tenzin $15
Next tour stop is at Pool Table Magic in Windsor Locks, CT on Saturday Oct.24th. Hope to see you there!!